1)Listen to Podcast
Some Doubted: Do you love me?
1. Close Reading : After praying for God to enlighten your mind, read through John 21:15-19 a couple times, slowly. Look for these three things: LIGHTBULB – something that shines from the passage, draws your attention; QUESTION MARK – something difficult to understand; ARROW – a personal application. Share the results of your study with your group.
2. Personality : Our personalities result from a divine intermingling of nature and nurture. Peter certainly had his fair share of personality. Where did Peter’s rash boldness serve him well as a disciple of Jesus (John 6:68; Matt. 14:28-31; 16:15-23) and where did it get him into trouble (Matt. 18:21; John 13:6-9; 18:10-11)? How would you describe your personality (maybe get some help from those in your GG)? How has this personality affected your relationship with God and others?
3. Denial + Restoration : How does Peter’s attitude before his denial (Matt. 26:33, 35) magnify his heartbreak after (Luke 22:61-62)? Does Peter’s response to Jesus’ threefold question, ‘ Do you love me? ’ demonstrate a change in Peter (John 21:15)? The Bible has some pretty intense things to say about those who deny Jesus (Matt. 10:33; 2 Tim. 2:12). Can we sometimes deny Jesus implicitly, by our actions if not by our words? What does this account teach us about our mini-denials of Jesus in our day to day life?
4. Restoration + Future Ministry : How is Jesus’ recommission of Peter at the end of his ministry (John 21:1-19) a deliberate rehearsal Jesus’ commision of Peter at the beginning of his ministry (Luke 5:1-11)? Why are Jesus’ words, ‘ Feed my sheep ’, just what Peter needed to hear at that moment? What are some of the key events in Acts which demonstrate that Peter did in fact feed my sheep (Acts 2:14; 8; 14-17; 10:44-45)? Have you ever felt disqualified from serving God? Where is God calling you to feed his sheep in spite of your shortcomings?